FCC Arquitectura transform wine estate into a tourist attraction

FCC Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo transform old Portuguese wine estate into a tourist attraction

A wine estate near the city of Lixa, Portugal, has been converted into a hotel for wine tourism, featuring rustic stone structures and contemporary buildings clad in pre-weathered steel or timber slats (+ slideshow).

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

The studios of FCC Arquitectura and interior architect Paulo Lobo oversaw the development of the Monverde Hotel for the Quinta da Lixa winery, which wanted to improve the experience for visitors looking to explore its vineyards and the cultural heritage of the local region.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

"The main thrust of the project was to refine this space by adding a high-calibre touristic component, fully integrated in and framed by the pre-existing physical environment," said the project team.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

A total of 30 guest rooms are now housed in a series of existing buildings that had fallen into a state of disrepair and were carefully restored to retain their agrarian character.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

In addition to the accommodation, the project required the creation of various eateries, a spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, plus rooms for wine tours and tastings, and conferences and events.

According to architect Fernando Coelho – whose previous projects include a family home that occupies two dilapidated farm buildings – various factors need to be considered when repurposing structures previously used for livestock or farm supplies.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

"The reconstruction had to adapt to new uses and comply with several rules of safety and comfort, while trying to never lose the characteristics of the past," he told Dezeen.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

Aside from the main farmhouse, most of the buildings on the estate possessed a distinctive rural character, with walls made from irregular stacked stones.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

The new renovations and extensions aim to maintain the legacy of traditional building techniques and materials, such as the use of stone, which was almost entirely extracted from the site.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

"The formal and functional regeneration of this space, and the expansion of the built-up area, sought to preserve its architectural legacy," said the team, "respecting the natural environment and the cultural heritage of the setting."

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

The main house also features an extension clad in contemporary materials including slatted timber and weathered steel, which are intended to extend the rustic material palette of the existing structures.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

Inside, the house contains a bright reception area and double-height lounge space illuminated by a large central skylight, below which hangs an artwork comprising carved wooden leaves.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

Towards the rear of the open-plan space is a restaurant that leads out onto a large terrace overlooking the vineyards.

The upper level accommodates smaller lounge areas, with services including kitchens and bathrooms located towards the eastern end of both storeys.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

Interiors throughout the building feature timber floors and walls, with green-painted surfaces and upholstery offering a reference to the surrounding countryside.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

"The close visual link between the buildings' interior spaces and the surrounding environment helps define an intimate atmosphere with a dominant rural character," the architects added.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo

Terraced levels descend from the house towards the fields, with the cellars directly below and a further level containing the spa and swimming pool facilities at the lowest point.

Photography is by José Campos.

Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
Site plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
First guest accommodation ground floor plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
First guest accommodation first floor plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
Second guest accommodation ground floor plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
Second guest accommodation first floor plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
Main house spa level plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
Main house wine cellar plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
Main house ground floor plan – click for larger image
Hotel Monverde by FF Arquitectura and Paulo Lobo
Main house first floor plan – click for larger image